Customary Law

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Customary Law

A practice in a group or society that has never been codified but has been so common for so long that it is considered legally enforceable. English common law is largely derived from customary law. Likewise, most international law is customary.
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The little communities, still haunted by ten thousand memories of a greater state, gathered and developed almost tacitly a customary law and fell under the guidance of a medicine man or a priest.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ajimobi said the customary court of appeal will help uphold eroding customary laws some of which were advanced by our forebears, in several aspects of human's daily lives.
2008) 'A survey of customary laws in Africa in search of lessons for the future' in Customary Law Revisited.
Customary laws are still recognized in most African countries' legal frameworks, and courts also take judicial notice of customary laws in dealing with matters of a social nature.
Unfortunately, social norms, accepted cultural and traditional practices, and even written and customary laws, contribute to the prevalence of CEFM.
The representation of the non-Moro indigenous communities will be pursuant to their customary laws and indigenous processes.
Five papers emerged from that gathering, covering, a normative analysis of an approach to food and land issues based on human rights; pollution, takings, and access to justice in East and West; land grabbing, land struggles, and the human right to food; women's right to land: a comparison between international legal obligations and customary laws in Bali (Indonesia) and Acholi (Uganda); and agrarian reform and smallholder rights in Indonesia: alternatives to corporate, customary, and private ownership.
The use of chemicals in these attacks violates the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention and would be considered a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the customary laws of war.
The discussion highlighted different aspects such as the different legal frameworks for protected areas in Indonesia, the harmonization of local and national laws, the involvement of local and indigenous communities and their customary laws, or the legal implications of protecting the outstanding universal value of TRHS from further threats such as road development, deforestation or mining.
The meeting that aimed at putting boundaries between conventional and customary laws was another way of promoting peace building and peaceful co-existence among the various communities in the entire Jonglei state.
It follows, therefore, that social movement activists concerned with land rights are not only drawn to communities with a strong collective identity and attachment to the land, as Li suggests, but at times must work to create a collective identity and explicate customary laws.
This is where individuals marry in civil courts or through the institution of the church, but would proceed to marry a second or third wife through customary laws.